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Guatemala 2021 – Medical Mission!


Medical Mission Trip Recap – Guatemala 2021

45 Lives Changed in Guatemala City!

Austin Smiles just returned from our medical mission trip to Guatemala City at Centro Moore! Our team of 22 volunteers assisted in the completion of 45 cleft lip and palate surgeries for children who had waited for treatment for far too long.
This was Austin Smiles’ first trip since the pandemic and the first medical mission trip to arrive at Centro Moore in Guatemala City. To make this trip possible and to navigate through COVID safety protocols, Austin Smiles completed its first virtual pre-trip triage of 80 patients to preselected candidates for surgery.
We are grateful to each one of our volunteers who made such an incredible sacrifice in deciding to take time out of their busy schedules in the midst of pandemic. Despite countless obstacles with COVID, the team seamlessly came together to deliver outstanding, life-changing care. Indeed, the risk we took as a team was definitely worth the rewards. Thank you to all our donors and supporters for making this possible!

Thank you to to our
Guatemala 2021 Team!

Breanna Sweeney, CRNA/Trip Coordinator
Lauren Crawford, Surgeon
John Eggleston, Surgeon
Cameron Craven, Surgeon
Mahlon Kerr, Surgeon
Rocco Piazza, Surgeon
Carolyn Biebas, Anesthesiologist
Desiree Masten, Anesthesiologist
Susana Reyes, Anesthesiologist
Jason Boatright, CRNA
Daniel Vinyar, CRNA
Jarreux DeMuro, CRNA Student
Katharine Liu, CRNA Student
Jan Johnson, RN
Heather Fontenot, RN
Maria Marquez, RN
Nicole Craven, RN
Ashley Kerr, RN
Mayuri Patel, RN
Kristina Kennedy, volunteer
Renee Hanson Malone, staff
Ellise Perry, staff

1 in 700 children are born with a cleft lip or palate

$250 covers the cost of one life-changing surgery

150 volunteers annually will change a child’s life forever

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